Pakistan’s glorious streak breaks as South Africa win by 7 runs

Babar raises half-century as Pakistan continue their chase

Pakistan were off to a flier with Babar Azam scoring boundaries almost at will without taking much of a risk. The Men in Green were cruising towards the target with 45 runs in 3.5 overs, but a reckless shot from Fakhar Zaman cost him his wicket after scoring 14 off 9 deliveries.

However, Babar continued in his merry way and took Pakistan to 70 runs at the end of the powerplay, raised his half-century on 34 balls with the help of nine 4’s.

Hussain Talat and Babar Azam played with authority and contributed 102 runs together before Babar Azam got out after scoring 90 runs on 58 balls. Asif Ali got a life on just the second delivery as he got out on a short ball from Hendricks, but was called no-ball for height.

However, Ali could not capitalize on the chance he got as he got out on the next delivery he faced, that too on a back-of-a-length ball.

Hussain Talat played a fine inning of 55 off 41 balls before getting bowled by Chris Morris. On the other hand, Imad Wasim looked dangerous for his brief stay where he scored a double and struck a four before losing his wicket.

Pakistan needed 15 runs in the last over, Malik struck a boundary down the ground. The ball went for a single, while Phehlukwayo conceded a single on the third ball as well. Shoaib Malik fell on the fourth ball when Pakistan needed 9 off three balls. The right-arm pacer got rid of Hasan Ali on the fifth ball, whereas the last one went for a single. Pakistan lost the game by seven runs.

South Africa gained an unassailable lead of 2-0after winning the second T20I of the series Pakistan lost a T20I series after 11 consecutive series win.

Earlier, Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl first. South African openers, Reeza Hendricks and the debutante Janneman Malan gave South Africa a decent start as they took their side to 44 runs at the end of powerplay play during the second T20I of the series.

Though Pakistan were able to restrict the flow of runs, but South Africa managing to maintain a run-rate around 6 without losing a wicket, made them a happy camp.

Once they got used to the playing conditions, the opening pair started playing their shots. They were hitting boundaries in each over, but Imad Wasim kept the runs dried from his end with his tight line and length.

Malan looked to cut loose against the slow-left arm bowler in the ninth over as he came down the wicket but missed the line, Mohammad Rizwan made no mistake and got his stumped for 33 (31).

As Rassie van der Dussen took the crease, he looked went all guns blazing from the word go, hitting three sixes early in his inning. However, Pakistan managed to turn things in their favour when they ran out Reeza Hendricks courtesy of Shadab Khan’s brilliance in the field.

Despite losing his partner, Van der Dussen did not look to hold back his strokes. He took on Pakistani bowlers, be it the leggie Shadab Khan or pacers Usman Khan Shinwari or Hasan Ali. As he looked to play another big shot off Shaheen Shah, he skied the ball, which was caught safely by Imad Wasim, he scored 45 runs off 27 balls.

Pakistan were looking to pull the things back after getting rid of Van der Dussen when rain the stopped the play after Miller deposited the first delivery of Hasan Ali of the 18th over into the stands for a maximum.

As the match resumed, David Miller showed how dangerous he can be. Miller played an astounding inning of 65 runs off 29 deliveries, with the help of four 4’s and five 6’s.

Shinwari conceded 29 runs in the last over, Miller struck three 6’s and two 4’s in the over that took his side to a handsome total of 188/3.

Imad Wasim remained the pick of the bowler with one wicket for 9 runs in four overs, while Afridi struck once for 27 runs. Usman Shinwari leaked 63 runs in four overs, whereas Hasan Ali conceded 48 runs.